Death toll rises in Kenyan inferno

Dozens remain missing after blaze destroyed Nairobi supermarket two days ago.

    Some residents in Nairobi berated the emergency response as slow and inadequate [AFP]

    A company statement said the store "was fully fire safety compliant and had been installed with advanced fire/smoke detectors."

    Witnesses said the high number of casualties may have been caused by exploding gas canisters inside the shop.

    'Inadequate response'

    Meanwhile, the Kenyan Red Cross said at least 47 people were reported missing since the fire broke out.

    Mwai Kibaki, the Kenyan president, visited the scene, halting the recovery process for a short while.

    "We will do what we can to assist all those who are hurt by this tragedy. We should come out and help each other," he said.

    Some berated the emergency response as slow and inadequate.

    "Ours is a modern city with an 18th century fire-fighting infrastructure," the Daily Nation, a Kenya newspaper, said in an editorial.

    Raila Odinga, Kenya's prime minister who is representing east Africa's biggest economy at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, also expressed concern.

    "The fact that fire could gut down a business premise in a central place, a street from our fire headquarters... a stone's throw away from a major hotel says a lot about our disaster preparedness," Odinga said.


    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.